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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Elephants. A LOT of elephants.


I was very proud of myself for spotting an elephant, then another, as we drove through the park. Several of us saw the next one and called out "Elephant!" simultaneously as we came around a bend in the road, then we all fell silent as we realized it that a short distance beyond it were at least a dozen more.

Lucky stopped the car, and the elephants wandered over to check us out, surrounding us in a loose semi-circle maybe ten or fifteen feet away. Elephants in Chobe have never been hunted, and they're used to safari vehicles, so these elephants seemed very relaxed about our presence.


They ate, sprayed themselves with dust, and basically did whatever it is elephants like to do on a pleasant sunny afternoon, as though there weren't a truckload of humans sitting right there, so close we could almost touch them.

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